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Celebrate human powered transportation in whatever form you wish

my favorite form of transportation human powered or not is riding a bike i will be celebrating bicycling soon and will post my quest results for now please enjoy this fabulous poem


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Bug’s Seed Adventure

it has taken me so long to post that my seeds sprouted. I built planter boxes filled them with dirt sprinkled chamomile seeds and now have seedlings!

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Bug prints

taken me forever to post this made it so long ago. don’t know what to say about it. it is a tiger collograph.

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I hope all my printmaking stuff has not gotten old yet. quest 14 is…

Make a Collograph! A collograph is a very simple form of printmaking that costs next to nothing and can be done with items easily found around ones home. Basically you are making a relief print by gluing various items onto a piece of cardboard then rolling paint on and pressing it. if you want to use your printing plate many times you need to seal it you could use shellac but i plan to use acrylic gel medium because that’s what i have handy. i thin you could just paint it with some acrylic paint on the front and back and that would work as well. There are more advanced ways of printing collographs that involve an actual printing press but this quest is about doing something simple and fun that one does not need a press for. here is a video i found with really simple basic instructions for making a Collograph and in the video they use a brayer or roller but i suspect if you are careful you could even use a paintbrush.

don’t limit yourself to only using cardboard. you can use string, fabric, aluminum foil, really anything can be used as long as the raised part of the plate is all about the same height. get creative and have fun.

bonus points for doing several plates and making a print with various colors.

eta* i just found this great web page with really easy to follow simple instructions for making a collograph

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I have been having trouble with quest 13. the trouble is I know what I want to say but it means breaking some rules. just now I remembered we don’t have any rules!

Once upon a time there was a Bug who became a marsupial and rode her bike with other marsupials. One of the marsupials gave to Bug some wonderful acorn mush! Bug turned some of the mush into pancakes and they where the best pancakes she had ever had (at least since going gluten free).  Alas the Bug did not take any photos! But that’s ok she found some acorn photos anyway.

*images link to their sources*

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Because I was feeling a bit like a smart @ss I decided to neatly print out the word nature. I used walnut ink and used a all natural twig dip pen! the green bit is a wedge of cabbage I printed.

This is old not done for this quest but I found it while working on this quest and i am fond of it. This is a printing done from a fern.

A sun print done on special paper with skeleton keys. it was done in the afternoon so the shadows where long making the images a bit distorted. Had i done this print when the sun was way up high the keys would look very crisp and key like but this way it is sort of fun. 🙂

This was not done for this quest but it fits this quest well. This is Tree’s leaf print. he chose the leaf and the colors of finger paint, how much paint and where the paint should go. I helped him place the paper over the leaf and press it but Tree did almost all the work and this was made before his second birthday! Pretty awesome!

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It is not my turn to be posting a quest since I just posted one the other day and no one has finished that one and after that is done it will be Emma’s turn. Still I feel a need to post an extra quest and since we have no rules I’m going to post it. The quest is to do something, whatever feels like the right thing for you to do on november 19th which is The International Day For Child Abuse prevention. there is no need to post quest results or anything like that just do something that feels right and if you want to share then share it and if not then that is fine to.

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